The Ruins: According to The Hollywood Reporter, DreamWorks has optioned Scott Smith's novel The Ruins for Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld's studio-based Red Hour Films to produce. As part of the seven-figure deal, Smith, the Oscar-nominated scribe behind A Simple Plan, has been tapped to adapt his novel for the screen.

The project is set in the jungles of the Yucatan, with something evil living among the ruins.

Smith's "Ruins" is scheduled to be published late next year by Alfred A. Knopf. His other credits include the scripts "American Gothic," "El Cid" and "Riverside Drive."